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Sidney Island Oceanfront - Strata Lot 48 - Southern Gulf Islands, BC
Sidney Island Oceanfront - Strata Lot 48 - Southern Gulf Islands, BC
Private 1.78 acres with 227 feet of oceanfront on Greenleaf Lane on the east side of Sidney Island. The driveway is in, septic system installed, clearing done to open up views, choice of great building sites and it has a shared well. Fabulous sunrises and views.
  • Size: 1.78 acres ~ 227± ft oceanfront
  • Area: VANISLANDSC
  • Price: NEW PRICE $248,000
  • Listing Agent: Richard Osborne - rich@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-664-7633
Description :

1.78 acres with 227 feet of oceanfront on Greenleaf Lane on the east side of Sidney Island. The driveway is in, septic system installed, clearing done to open up views and it has a shared well.


A good stand of trees above the driveway offers privacy from the road. Considerable clearing has been done creating two great choices for building sites; a ridge-top site that would maximize sunshine or the lower flat section with a possible two-story design and walkway you get to choose. Enjoy spectacular sunrises and the view across Haro Strait toward Halibut Island and the US San Juan Islands toward Mount Baker. The owners have enjoyed great fishing for rockfish and ling cod right off the rocks on the small gravel beach at the water’s edge while watching the antics of the eagles and seals nearby.


Geography

Both Sidney Island and neighboring James Island are geographically unique in that they are the only Canadian Gulf Islands composed almost entirely of quaternary drift deposits (unconsolidated sand and gravel deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago) which form the sandy coastline.


Highlights

  • Strata title ownership
  • Approximately 288 acres of strata lots
  • Approximately 1,500 acres common property
  • No public access to the strata owned portion of the island
  • No time requirement for building
  • Precious conservation areas
  • New breakwater and expanded marina in Miner’s Bay
  • 2,600 ft grass airstrip
  • Miles of sand beaches
  • Excellent network of roads
  • Managed sustainable forest
  • Cellular telephones work on much of the island
  • Island Caretaker

Equipment

The Strata Corporation equipment consists of an excavator, dump truck, fire truck, ambulance, tank truck, pickup truck, road grader and miscellaneous equipment, some of which is available to Strata owners on a rental basis.

Location : Sidney Island is at the southern end of the Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. It is about 19 km north of Victoria, 6 km south east of Sidney on the Saanich Peninsula and only 10 km from Roche Harbour on US San Juan Island.
Access : Access is by boat or floatplane to the private dock in Miners Bay or by plane to the private 2,600 ft airstrip, both of which are the common property of the strata owners. Water taxi service is available from the Port Sidney Marina and arrangements can be made for the water taxi to pick people up near the BC Ferry terminal at Schwartz Bay, so you can walk on the ferry and easily get to Sidney Island. Please contact Rich Osborne to make an appoi<lintment to view the island.
Recreation : Boating, swimming, paddling, scuba diving, fishing, crabbing, sailing, photography, bird watching, walking, cycling, exploring and cruising the Canadian Gulf Islands and the US San Juan Islands.
Vegetation : The Island supports exceptionally lush and varied vegetation common to the south coastal climatic zone including Douglas fir, white fir, Garry oak, mock cherry, arbutus, red cedar, red alder, balsam, hemlock, aspen, yew, big leaf maple and flowering dogwood. Smaller vegetation includes Scotch broom, fireweed, gorse, wild roses, western fescue, orchard grass, salal, hawthorn and a 50-tree orchard on the common land.
Area Data : Sidney Island

Unique in British Columbia, perhaps the world, Sidney Island offers the rare combination of ownership of superb waterfront property with a model of sustainable forestry, limited development of common areas, precious conservation zones and miles of sand beaches. It is blessed with a Mediterranean-like climate, warm summers, mild winters and less than 30 inches of annual rainfall. Not only is it one of the most picturesque, but the last major undeveloped island in the Gulf Islands chain. From every part of the island there are breathtaking views. To the south the perennial snow covered Olympic Range, to the east the perfect cone of Mt. Baker and the jagged peaks of the Cascades.


With its wonderful natural habitat few places have as rich a variety of wildlife as Sidney Island, which includes:


  • spotted fallow deer
  • bald eagles
  • hawks
  • black-tailed deer
  • turkey vultures
  • mink
  • woodpeckers
  • humming birds
  • great blue herons
  • wild turkeys
  • Javanese peacocks
  • river otters
  • a rich variety of songbirds, ducks, geese and other waterfowl

Offshore, the waters support a wide variety of sea life including salmon, halibut, other sport fish, an array of sea birds and waterfowl, seals, sea lions, orcas and gray whales.


Sidney Island comprises 111 bare land strata lots totaling about 288 acres and ownership includes the strata lot and a proportionate interest in the common property of the strata corporation, which includes about 1,500 acres and the common facilities and other assets of the Strata Corporation.


In our opinion the most important aspect of the development is that the privacy of the strata corporation lands has been maintained and the natural integrity of the island environment has been protected for the fortunate few who share in its ownership. There is no public access to 1,760 acres owned by the strata corporation, of which some 1,500 acres are common property to the strata lots.


The result is an amazing diversity of properties with low, medium and high bank oceanfront, virtually every possible exposure, varied topography, beautiful views, and differing levels of privacy and a range of prices.


The only land on the island not owned by the Strata Corporation is the northerly portion formerly the Sidney Spit Marine Park and recently named as Canada’s newest National Park. This area comprises about 400 acres and encloses a broad lagoon of sheltered water bordered by a long spit of sand. Mooring buoys, a small government dock, and facilities for picnicking and camping are provided. The sandy beach with protected waters is excellent for swimming.


The shared ownership includes an excellent network of roads and a new breakwater and expanded marina.

History : Originally named Sallas Island, in 1859 the Hudson Bay Company, hoping to attract settlers with a more British name, changed it to Sidney Island. Many years ago the Island was purchased by a group of Victoria businessmen as a private hunting preserve. In 1981 the Island was purchased from the last two survivors of the original owners, by the present owners Sallas Forest Limited Partnership.
Zoning : CD-2 Sidney Island Comprehensive Development Zone Capital Regional District and Islands Trust
Legal :

LOT 48, SECTION 3, SIDNEY ISLAND, RANGE 1E, NORTH SAANICH DISTRICT, STRATA PLAN V1S5122 TOGETHER WITH AN INTEREST IN THE COMMON PROPERTY IN PROPORTION TO THE UNIT ENTITLEMENT OF THE STRATA LOT AS SHOWN ON FORM 1 (SEE PLAN AS TO LIMITED ACCESS)


PID 026-297-744

Taxes :

$675.76 (2018)


Strata Fees: $228.23 per month (2018)

Map Reference : 48°36'26.41"N and 123°16'38.51"W
Listing # : 19063